Archive - Oct 2011
An American Red Cross blood drive Thursday honored a longtime Catawba County public servant.
James Stanley was one of the first to roll up his sleeve at the drive in memory of his father, James âPJâ Stanley, a Red Cross volunteer, Claremont council member, police officer and rescue worker.
PJ Stanley died Sept. 22.
The drive, held Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory, collected 30 units of blood. Each lifesaving unit stood for what PJ Stanley spent his life doing â helping others.
Drivers can expect to see a strong law enforcement presence on Catawba County roadways from now through Halloween on Monday.
Officers begins the annual "Booze It & Lose It" Halloween campaign Friday night in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the road.
In 2010, North Carolina tallied more than 139 alcohol-related crashes during the Halloween campaign â including four fatalities and 123 injuries. More than 2,300 officers also charged more than 700 North Carolina drivers with driving while impaired.
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis will interact with Catawba County residents Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Hickory.
Tillis will visit the auditorium at Catawba Valley Community College at 5 p.m.
"The speaker will get up and talk for about five minutes about what was accomplished in the last legislative session, likely about jobs and the economy," said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for the Tillis office. "Then he'll open it up for questions. You ask what you want to talk about, and we'll talk about what you ask."
Assistant Register of Deeds Rita Beaver was named the Catawba County employee of the year this week.
Seven county employees were nominated, and Beaver was recognized with the award Tuesday night at the county's annual awards night at Catawba Valley Community College.
Beaver is a 35-year veteran of the deeds office. According to a release from the county, she receives praise from coworkers for excellent service, for being a patient instructor and for preserving the county's history.
Emily Perry, 16, began dancing when she was six years old and hasnât stopped. As soon as she was old enough to help in the kitchen, she started baking.
Little did she know that her skills in the kitchen would help her dancing career. Her dancing, however, led her to use her culinary skills. Hence, âCupcakes4 Ballet.â
From the time she was 6, she danced, and she danced on pointe to where the increase in the intensity of her ballet training caused her to wear out two to three pairs of pointe shoes per month.
The Friday print edition of The O-N-E is on the streets and on the way to homes, while the online edition is available to readers worldwide.
The O-N-E's Friday coverage includes:
â¢Â Complete information on a hoax at Jacobs Fork Middle School that sparked the lock-down of two Catawba County Schools.
â¢Â Details on dozens of weekend events with a Halloween flavors, as well as safety tips for trick-or-treaters âÂ and their parents.
â¢Â Bandys volleyball breaks a "curse" and advances in the state volleyball playoffs.
Sometime about 1990 was the last time I was bored.
Itâs actually one of the earliest moments I remember from my life. Sitting in my childhood room, I remember saying to myself, âThereâs nothing in here and nothing to do.â
Then life happened.
Action figures, baseball cards and clothes started to flow into that square living space. Then school ushered in returned homework assignments, reports and projects. Art classes created framed drawings, and basketball teams merited participation trophies.
The Lady Trojans volleyball team took out three years of frustration on the visiting Randleman Lady Tigers on Thursday.
Bandys, who had lost three straight years in the third round of the 2A playoffs, made sure it wouldn't happen four years in a row, topping Randleman in impressive fashion, 25-10, 25-9, 25-10, in Catawba.
"We've talked about the third round always shutting us down," said Bandys coach Randi Keith. "I think they just broke the curse. They really came in, made a statement and showed what they've got."
L. C. Mills, 89, of Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. The Mills family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Diane Sigmon White, 53, of Conover, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The White family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Towns, libraries, churches and other organizations are set to offer Halloween and fall-themed treats throughout the holiday weekend. Below are some of the many events in Catawba County that offer costumes, games, music, candy and more.
n Downtown Newton will play host to the annual "Spooktacular" from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse square. The event will include costume contests and a trunk-or-treat.
n Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 3-7 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.